Updated 4-8-20, 11 am
Of special note:
- CARES Act (national emergency stimulus bill), includes emergency funding for creative sector through National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, expanded unemployment insurance, SBA loans
- Artist Relief Fund: announced 4-8-20. A $10 million national emergency relief fund for artists and creative workers that will provide $5,000 no-strings-attached grants. It is intended for anyone who earns income from their creative or artistic practice and who has also been affected by COVID-19, including anyone whose livelihood and/or community depends upon the ability to make, exhibit, perform, publish, or sell artwork.
Wisconsin – funds for independent creative workers and organizations:
- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
- COVID-19 Resource Guide for Small Businesses
- Small Business 20/20 – grants for small businesses and micro-enterprises adversely economically impacted by the COVID-19 Virus.
- Strategies for Small Businesses to Navigate COVID-19 Challenges: Downtown District and Business Coronavirus Response: Ideas and Resources
- Chippewa Valley Artists Relief Fund, organized by Ambient Inks
- Footlights Performing Arts Relief Fund, organized by Footlights, Inc.
- Artist Relief Fund for Milwaukee area artists, organized by Imagine MKE
- Lyden Sculpture Garden in Milwaukee has a list of emergency resources and opportunities for visual artists
- Community foundations and other funds
- United Way of Kenosha County fund for non-profit businesses
- COVID-19 Northwest Wisconsin Response Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, in partnership with the Head of the Lakes United Way, for Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas Counties.
- The Greater Milwaukee Foundation in partnership with local philanthropists and funders, has created the MKE Responds Fund.
- Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region (based in Appleton, WI) created the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
- Racine Community Foundation and the United Way of Racine county have joined forces to establish the Racine County COVID-19 Relief Fund.
- Stateline Community Foundation has activated a Emergency Response Fund.
- Madison Community Foundation
National – resources and funds for independent creative workers and arts organizations:
- LÜM Cares, an initiative from Madison based music streaming company to help financially support artists
- Resources list from the National Endowment for the Arts
- Actors Fund open to actors and other creative creative workers
- Arts Administrators of Color Network set up a GoFundMe campaign for BIPOC artists and administrators.
- WomenArts fund roundup
- Dramatists Guild Foundation – relief fund supporting individual playwrights, com posers, lyricists, and bookwriters.
- EqualSound – relief fund supporting musicians who have lost gigs due to the pendemic.
- Forbes – list of ways to apply for emergency funds.
- Gottlieb Foundation: Funding is available to painters, printmakers, or sculptors who have been working for at least 10 years and have recently undergone an unforeseen catastrophic event, such as a fire, flood, or medical emergency.
- New York Foundation for the Arts provides a variety of emergency grants for artists living and working in the U.S.
- Pollock–Krasner Foundation, Inc. offers financial assistance to individual visual artists of established ability through an emergency relief grant.
- Springboard for the Arts has several resources and relief funds.
- Musicians Foundation is accepting aid applications.
MusiCares Covid-19 Relief – musicians and music industry workers, including singers, engineers, producers, live sound engineers, session players, road crew, agents, publicists, and managers are eligible for $1,000 MusiCares Covid-19 Relief grants.
The Otto Bremer Trust has launched a $50 million emergency fund to support community organizations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grants – new medical emergency grants for artists with unforeseen medical expenses.
- 3Arts in Chicago – Emergency Resources for Artists
- A list of resources for freelance artists and performers – specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. Curated by an independent group of advocates, used by Forbes and Freelancers Union.
- Creative Capital – List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Stratera – Emergency Response Directory.
- CovertKit –Creator Fund to assist with medical expenses, groceries, childcare, and rent or mortgage for active creators.
- The Soze Foundation – Artist + Activist Relief Fund.
- The New Music Solidarity Fund helps new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled.
- CERF+ Artist Safety Net offers emergency resources to established artists working in a craft discipline.
- MusiCares Relief Fund offers basic living assistance (rent or mortgage) for music industry professionals.
- Sample Emergency Plans – Performing Arts Readiness
- COVID-19 Response – American Association of Community Theatre